Identity - Who We Are
Jesus commands us to go everywhere and make disciples, teaching them to obey everything He commanded. We do this is through baptism – we are to baptize into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
Baptizing people into the name of Jesus is about establishing them into their new Trinitarian Identity in Jesus Christ. This means:
- God is our Father and we are His Family;
- Jesus is our Lord and we are His Servants;
- The Holy Spirit is our Guide and Sender and we are His Missionaries.
These three identities are true of a disciple of Jesus.
In a nutshell a disciple is one who follows Jesus, is changed by Jesus, and helps others to do the same.
We are children of God who care for each other as a family.
We are God’s chosen people – His family – set apart to live in such a way that the world would know what he is like. Through faith in Jesus we believe we are Children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. As God’s family we see it as our obligation to personally care for the needs of one another – both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture and hold each other accountable to Gospel life together. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)
We are servants of Jesus who serve Him by serving others.
Fully God & fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave his life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace and restoration. Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves…” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us this means joyfully submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders he has placed over us and to each other as we also serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever He leads us to do. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)
We are sent by the Spirit to restore all things to God through Jesus Christ.
God sent Jesus to Earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He lived in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came so all people, places and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent by God’s Spirit into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. We live this out through involvement in a missional community. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)